This fine motor book extension activity for If You Give a Mouse A Cookie will be just right for you if your kids love stories, pretend play, and crafts. Join along with us!
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Author Laura Joffe Numeroff starts the book with, “If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask you for a glass of milk.” What follows is a cute and entertaining chain of events that ends, adorably, right back where it started. If you haven’t read any from this series, it’s definitely worth checking out.
I had a baking urge the other day, but I resisted. I really didn’t need to dirty any more dishes. We made these simple pretend “cookies” instead.
I started out painting cardboard to be the shade of a chocolate chip cookie. Then I realized that the color I ended up with is exactly the shade of a manila folder.
Well, that’s certainly easier!
If you don’t have a folder handy, though, you can definitely just cut up a cereal box and paint it with acrylic paint – I used white with a few drops of brown and yellow mixed in.
- Thin cardboard (a cereal box is perfect)
- Aluminum foil
- Manila folder
- Glue, glue cup, & paintbrush
- Brown construction paper
1. Cut out wavy circles from the manila folder. These will be your “cookies.”
2. Cut out a pretend cookie sheet from the cardboard. On one of the short sides, leave a little strip on the other side of the fold in the cardboard. That way it will look like there’s a lip to the pan. Cover with foil.
3. Cut a long narrow strip of brown construction paper.
4. Squeeze a little glue into a small container.
1. Snip triangle “chocolate chips” off the strip of brown construction paper.
2. Use a paintbrush to glue the chips to the cookie cutouts.
3. Have fun pretending to bake!
While my girls were busy pretending to bake, I *might* have gotten into my secret candy stash. The cleanup was a lot easier!
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For even more baking themed ideas to go along with If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, visit these other Virtual Book Club for Kids posts: